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Gardens of Earthly Delight

27 May to 2 October 2005

This specially-created exhibition of limited edition prints is a collaborative project between the Library and the Graphic Studio Dublin. Irish and international artists were invited to explore the Chester Beatty Library’s collection focusing on garden and related imagery, which express man’s spiritual and physical need to create, cultivate and depict gardens.

From the traditional symbolism and restraint of Japanese and Chinese gardens, to the symmetry and richness of the Koran-inspired Paradise gardens and the Christian gardens of medieval Europe, the common theme is the garden as terrestrial paradise, a refuge and a place of spiritual solace – a Garden of Eden.

In all, thirty-nine artists, including William Crozier, Elizabeth Blackadder, Christopher Le Bruin, Carmel Benson, Gwen O’Dowd, Hughie O’Donoghue and Brian Bourke, have made a limited edition print.